A 180 degree turn. The front page of the The New York Times Sports section this week highlighted a story about a high school basketball tournament in Texas. One of the teams that qualified is a Boy's Jewish Day School. First of all, that there is a Jewish Day School in Texas at all, surprised me, but the story was that the governing body of the tournament wouldn't allow the teams to reschedule games so they didn't fall on the Jewish Sabbath. The schools were amenable to changing the schedule to accomodate the religious observance. The Head wasn't. Sorry. You read the rules when you joined this and now you have to pay the consequences. The Jewish team had to bow out of the tourney. They will not compromise their religious beliefs for basketball. Today there was another article. The Mayor of Houston has appealed to the head of the tournament. The former coach of the Houston Rockets, Jeff Van Gundy, also tried to intervene and said that there is no embarrassment to change their stance and do what's right. Strangers reportedly sent letters and asked the tournament head to change the schedule. He is holding firm. The Jewish team is still practicing just in case they get a reprieve. It's anti-semitic of the powers that be. There's no two ways about it. Maybe they should just allow Christians and atheists in the tournament so there are no conflicts. Let's be honest...everyone gets Sunday off. That's the acceptable Sabbath in Texas.
Sidebars: American Idol, girl's night. I tried to watch but switched to watching the Knicks. The whole thing is tired, though I still love to listen to Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Randy Jackson, not so much. Law and Order: SVU didn't skip a beat with Chris Meloni's departure. The writing is still strong. Revenge needs to conclude soon. I still can't figure out how they are going to get a second season out of it.
On a personal note, my Mom and sister are coming to town. So excited and can't wait for the reunion. Two incredible women. I am very lucky.
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